Thulile Mthetwa

MeMeZa Community Safety

MeMeZa Shout Crime Prevention provides affordable and innovative Connected Community Safety Technology, with a special focus on the most vulnerable people in society.

Having seen her family and neighbours be a victim of crime over and over again, Thui Mthetwe decided to take action. With her background in Software Development, Thuli developed MeMeZa, a low-cost alarm system which directly alerts the community and police when a crime of any form takes place. The system is linked to many Community Policing Forums as well as the SAPS.

The business also provides education and awareness surrounding crime prevention. The business was granted funding by the SAB Foundation in 2012, and allowed for pilot models to be designed which would be taken to various policing forums to pitch for inclusion.

Without this funding, Thuli would never have been able to link to the crucial forms such as the SAPS. The business expanded rapidly, and since the funding, MeMeZa has been featured in the press over 200 times.

MeMeZa customers are private individuals who have picked up brochures or heard about the company through word-of-mouth. Over 10 000 people in Diepsloot have the alarm system in-house. Since these activations, statistics have shown a 9% decrease in crime and 26% less cases of sexual violence.

Thuli is seen as a leader in her community and give regular motivational talks.